For this post, I wanted to share some tips I wish I knew before moving to Paris. First, I don’t have a European passport, so I had to get a long-term student visa. The procedure takes a long time and you will have to present a lot of different documents, make a lot of official translations and sometimes you can feel a little lost. If you have any problems or any doubts throughout the process you can always call or email your University or even the French embassy in your country. Sometimes it is really hard to get in touch with them, but one thing that I learned is that you have to keep trying, even if you feel like you tried enough.
Everything in France regarding administrative/bureaucratic things takes a long time to be done. Once you arrive you will have to be patient because you’ll probably face some delays along the way, but from my experience, it all works out in the end and everyone is as confused as you. I was worried about my titre de séjour, carte vitale, and all the other procedures, but it takes a long time to get all of those things, so the best thing you can do is keep an eye on the official websites and don’t be afraid to call if you need any help, because the process can be really confusing.
Finally, it is super important to try to reach out to people, even if you are really shy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help at your university or with your classmates. A lot of people are going through the same things, so it’s really helpful to talk because most of the time someone will be able to help and give you some advice.
One of the perks of our UTM campus is every once in a while, you can spot deers on your way to class. The deers